The Strategic Global Task Force of National PCO Association publish ‘The PCO Perspective: An Advocacy Guide’

The IAPCO led Strategic Global Task Force of National PCO Associations, formed of 11 National PCO Associations have together created The PCO Perspective: An Advocacy Guide, in collaboration with JMIC.

“The more consistent our messaging as an industry the more powerful the impact we will have on our broader external audiences”, said Rod Cameron, Executive Director of the Joint Meetings Industry Council. “By aligning and incorporating elements of the JMIC Manifesto in their own excellent document IAPCO is not only strengthening their own arguments but will enhance outcomes for others in the industry as well. They are demonstrating the power of collaboration at a time when we need it the most”.

The JMIC Global Manifesto, published on 15 July 2020, focussed on industry-wide rationale for the use of Business Events as Primary Agents for Post Pandemic Economic Recovery and Renewal.

In response to this, the Task force, led by Monica Freire, IAPCO Council Member and Iberia Region Business Manager Congress Unit, AIM Group International, used their combined expertise to create a focussed advocacy guide for PCOs, which works in conjunction with the JMIC Manifesto.

Monica says “I think that in these unprecedented and difficult times we need more than ever to join forces and promote collaboration among event professionals at all levels to support each other, define best practices, disseminate correct information on the market and enable constructive dialogues with local authorities. We are working hard to define a common protocol for safe events around the globe which will be made available to all organisers and clients involved in this challenge”.

The PCO Perspective: An Advocacy Guide has been circulated to PCOs around the world with guidance on how to advocate for the safe reopening of PCO-managed business and professional events.

Members of the IAPCO
National Association Task Force are:

ABPCO – Association of British Professional Conference Organisers – Great Britain
AIPCO – Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers – Ireland
AOCA – Association Argentina de Organizadores y Proveedores de Exposiciones, Congresos, Eventos y de Buros de Convenciones – Argentina
AUDOCA – Asociación Uruguaya de Organizadores de Congresos y Afines – Uruguay
Federcongressi&eventi – Italy
HAPCO – Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organisers – Greece
ICPB – India Convention Promotion Bureau
PCOA – Professional Conference Organisers Association – Australia
PCO Meetings Mexico – Mexico
SLAPCEO – Sri Lanka Association of Professional Conference, Exhibition & Event Organisers – Sri Lanka
KAPCO – Korea Association for Professional Convention Organisers – Korea

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